In the cold and rain last Thursday, with less than 24 hours' notice, 40 passionate Macedon Ranges Shire residents gathered at Hanging Rock for a photo-shoot with a photographer from The Age.
There has been a groundswell of horror within the community at the failure of councillors to follow the MRSC Community Consultation Framework. At the council meeting they voted instead 5-4 to put a major development proposal for Hanging Rock out to tender - with no community consultation and no regard for the significant landscape and conservation values at stake.
The proposal presented to council implied that Hanging Rock was in dire financial straits - which is simply NOT the case.
Hanging Rock has made profits in each of the last four financial years, transferring a total of $232,000 to reserve funds.
Other options are available to council to address any financial problems there may be in running Hanging Rock Reserve, including finding funds from elsewhere, however these appear not to have been considered.
Development will shatter the serene atmosphere people seek at iconic Hanging Rock, and will have a significant impact on the environment as well as local wildlife, including koalas, sugar gliders, and powerful owls which are a threatened species.
For further information or questions, please contact Penny from the Hanging Rock Action Group on 0418 396 837, or check out their website